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Smokers in Ottawa will no longer be allowed to smoke on city property, parks, beaches and on restaurant and bar patios.
The city’s new anti-smoking by-law is now in effect, leaving some residents feeling under attack.
“I don’t understand why we would have to leave the park or the patio to have a cigarette when it’s outdoors.” said one man. “I feel like my rights are being taken away.”
The by-law banning smoking took effect in April. It’s only been a warning period since then.
Now by-law officers can issue hefty fines for people caught lighting up where they shouldn’t be.
“I think it’s a great idea. I think there’s still places people can smoke and now we can enjoy the fresh air,” said Elizabeth Kennedy, a non-smoker.
The law also includes hookah water pipes.
If smokers are caught, they could face a fine of $305.